Update: I’m trying out a new series of posts that I’d like to turn into a monthly feature.
It’s always hard to come up with post ideas that are fresh, unique and turn out exactly as you pictured it in your head. In all honesty, that is a level of perfection that nobody has ever achieved. Several revisions and editing phases later, a new post looks nothing like the skeletal draft it once was and every truthful author will admit that somewhere in the back of their mind is a nagging voice that whispers it could be better as they hit the ‘Publish’ button. It can be quite a daunting task for a beginner to pay no heed to that voice and make their mark in the ocean of bloggers that the Internet is currently drowning in.
At times, it’s easy to let go and skip a post because of fatigue, other commitments or plain ol’ laziness. I admit that I’ve been guilty of that several times this month, which in turn has left me with quite an average month to look back on in terms of numbers. It’s no secret that blogging consistently and churning out quality content is the only path to success in this field. However, there are days on which it seems utterly insignificant compared to all the other things going on in life. Or maybe you just fell into a writing slump. This is a post tailor-made for those days, to inspire and re-ignite that creative spark.
It’s wonderful how an influential person’s words can be uplift one’s spirits to the point of changing one’s life completely. I’ll start off with a classic.
If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.
– Toni Morrison
If you’re a fledgling writer (or an established one) and you haven’t heard of Writer’s Digest, now is the time to fix that. It’s a website and magazine that curates the best advice from around the world on every step of the writing process. I peruse the site quite frequently when I need inspiration or looking for something specific and it has never disappointed me. Here I’m linking to an article by Jessica Strawser written almost 4 years ago but continues to be relevant even now.
Inspiration for Writers: How to Be More Creative (Published October 16, 2012)
Not the kind of person who has the patience to dig through another long piece? Worry not, because I have just the thing lined up for you.
This is a video by one of my school friends who has a modest but wonderful YouTube channel. I make it a point to watch all her videos because she’s amazing in front of a camera (unlike me) and always has something unique to say. The one I’m linking to talks about that one thing anybody in the creative field would love to know and she does a great job of explaining it, drawing on her own experiences to drive home her point.
For me that would be finishing at least one of the books that’s been sitting on my ‘Currently Reading’ shelf in Goodreads for almost a year. Completing the Reading Challenge this year would definitely be something my future self would thank me for (Interested to know what they are? Find me on Goodreads here).
Alas, all good things come to an end and so much this post. Which of the above did you find most inspiring? Would you like to see this kind of a post on a monthly basis? What is your way to stay inspired? Let me know via the comments section.